A City Charter is, in essence, the City’s “Constitution" and lays out the fundamental governing structure and principles upon which the City must function.
The California Constitution gives municipalities the power to become charter cities, giving them greater local authority over municipal affairs. In contrast, non-charter cities are governed by the State’s General Law. Currently, 121 out of 482 California cities (~25%) are chartered, and this number includes the City of Huntington Beach.
The City Charter is available at https://library.qcode.us/lib/huntington_beach_ca/pub/municipal_code/item/charter.
Parts of the City Charter may be periodically amended as systems, culture, and the community's stance on local governance evolve over time. In September 2021, City Council approved the formation of a Charter Revision Committee to conduct a systematic review of the Charter, which took place from December 2021 through May 2022. The Committee then deliberated on those sections and made their final recommended Charter amendments to the City Council on May 12, 2022.
The City Council then reviewed those recommendations during a series of public meetings, and based on the Committee, public and staff's feedback, placed various amendments ranging from administrative and substantive changes across three separate ballot measures on the November 8, 2022 General Municipal Election.
The Committee has since been disbanded due to the completion of their work, as of June 2022. The Committee was comprised of seven members who were individually appointed by City Council Members.
|Committee Member||Appointed By|
|Cynthia Benton||Council Member Bolton|
|Casey McKeon||Council Member Peterson|
|Scott Miller||Council Member Kalmick|
|Damon Mircheff||Council Member Moser|
|Leonie Mulvihill||Council Member Carr|
|Charles Ray||Council Member Posey|
|Dianne Thompson||Council Member Delgleize|
|Catherine Jun||Assistant to the City Manager|
|Raphael Sonenshein||Charter Consultant|
The Charter Revision Committee was disbanded in June 2022, following the submission of their final report and Charter recommendations. Prior to that, the Committee met at the Civic Center (Room B-7) on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00PM.
For more information, please contact Staff Liaison, Catherine Jun at [email protected] or (714) 536-5579.